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Training Workshop

Implementing the Nibuwa-Tankhuwa Watershed Management Plan



Date & Time

02 June 2022 to 03 June 2022

About the workshop

The Koshi Basin Initiative under ICIMOD’s River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme and Dhankuta Municipality are organising this training workshop to build stakeholder capacity for implementing the Nibuwa-Tankhuwa Watershed Management Plan in Dhankuta. The training will provide stakeholders with a detailed understanding of springshed and watershed management and implementation.

The Nibuwa-Tankhuwa Watershed Plan (NTWMP) was prepared based on research and multistakeholder consultations involving communities and other key stakeholders from 2018-2020. The plan was handed over to the local municipalities by ICIMOD in 2021.

The watershed management plan will help decision makers and practitioners at the ward, municipality, basin, and national levels to understand the status of the watershed; problems, issues, risks, and opportunities; and leverage investments for watershed management in the short and long term.



The overarching objective of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to implement the watershed management plan.

The specific objectives are:

  • To sensitize newly-elected local government representatives and stakeholders in implementing the management plan
  • To provide hands-on training for discharge measurement and implementation of recharge interventions
  • To integrate the work of springshed management committees with the watershed management committee


Target audience

  • Dhankuta Municipality
  • Chhathar Jorpati Rural Municipality
  • Newly-elected local government representatives from the watershed
  • Springshed management committees
  • Divisional Forest Office
  • Local NGOs
  • Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Office, Dhankuta Municipality
  • Ward representatives
  • Watershed Management Committee, Dhankuta Municipality and Chhathar Jorpati Rural Municipality


Expected outcomes

  • Awareness among stakeholders of the activities and integration of activities in their annual plans
  • Upskilled local communities with the required technical skills for implementation of recharge interventions such as pits and trenches
  • Increased awareness among leaders on activities and on the need to allocate adequate funds for implementation
  • Opportunities for involvement of other stakeholders and interested implementing partners in the upcoming years



Day 1 – 2 June 2022
Time Programme Speakers
09:30-10:00 Registration of participants TBD, ICIMOD
10:00-10:30 Welcome remarks TBD, Dhankuta Municipality
10:30-11:00 NTWMP overall presentation Nabin Bhattarai, Research Associate – Forest Land Restoration & REDD, ICIMOD
11:00-11:30 Sustainable conservation and management of springs Madhav Dhakal, Hydrological Analyst – Water and Air, ICIMOD
11:30-11:45 Group photo/tea /coffee
11:45-12:30 Sustainable land use management and disaster risk reduction Kripa Shrestha, Research Associate – Ecosystems, ICIMOD
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Linking the work of springshed committees with the watershed management committee Pradyumna Rana, Climate Change Adaptation & Governance Analyst – Livelihoods, ICIMOD
14:15-15:00 Springs revival process Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD
15:00-15:15 Tea/coffee
15:15-16:00 Selection of appropriate species for plantation


Disaster risk management and the importance of plantation

Nabin Bhattarai, ICIMOD


Kripa Shrestha, ICIMOD

16:00-16:45 Group discussion

Risks and challenges in implementing the water management plan

Risk mitigation measures

16:45-17:00 Summarise outputs of the day

Outline for Day 2

Nabin Bhattarai, ICIMOD
Day 2 – 3 June 2022
09:30-10:30 Travel to field site (Dhoje Danda)
10:30-12:30 Hands-on training

Discharge measurement

Operating and taking measurements from a rain gauge

Madhav Dhakal, Hydrological Analyst – Water and Air, ICIMOD
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Hands-on training

Construction of recharge ponds and trenches

Plantation of appropriate seedlings

Madhav Dhakal/Nabin Bhattarai
16:00-16:30 Participant feedback
16:30-16:45 Summarise the output of the workshop and way forward TBD, ICIMOD